Here are three ways to view your life:
Life as a business
Life is a business, and you are the Founder & CEO.
You have goals, resources, and agency. The idea is to build the strongest business and life for yourself. You do this by making good decisions and generating profit.
The most savvy founders look for holes in the fabric of society, the market, their industry — and exploit them. They seek trends that allow them to be ahead of the curve.
Life as a game
Life is a game, and you are a player.
You are initialized with random parameters that inform your strengths, weaknesses, and initial environment. There’s an endless world in front of you to explore and play in.
The idea is to do well at the game — build points, power, connections. You encounter other players, transact with them, exchange moves, determine if they are trustworthy or hostile.
You learn the rules over time and understand what game you are even playing. You discover that within the greater context of “the game”, there are many sub-games you can play.
Randomness and luck are all built into the game.
Life as an art piece
Life is an art project, and you are the artist.
You have a blank canvas in front of you and an infinite number of creative decisions to make. The idea is to find a beautiful & satisfying creative endpoint for your piece.
There are many creative paths to take, leading to different ends. There is no best end, but some ends are better than others.
Like any other artist, you must apply techniques to manage the decision space. You apply constraints — sometimes artificially, sometimes destructively — to move forward.